Sooooo you remember when I said I was taking a break?
........I lied! lol
Guess who's back like they never left? (cuz they never left)
This is the last day of the work week for me and I am ecstatic! So ecstatic that I will not be doing much in the office today (praying my supervisor doesn't follow my blog...lol).
With all the great Olympic feats made this year at the 2016 Olympics held in Rio I am feeling a bit more patriotic. Simone Biles has slaaaaaaayed everybody! I am partial to gymnastics because I am short and well I always wanted to be a gymnast. Being raised with 4 other siblings, my best bet was P.E. class or jumping on a friend's trampoline;but enough about my shortcomings!
My look today is true to the red, white and blue! I am desperately in need of more bandeau tops, because I have run this one from Forever 21 ($3.80) into the ground .This cute knit navy dress is perfect to petite frames as it hugs just right.It was also a steal for only $11! Shop this cute dress here. The bag is one of my fave thrifted finds that I spruced up with some pom poms. The scarf is another thrift find , and a good one at that for $.50.I loved putting this look together, but it was really about the shoes! These are the best dupes I have ever seen! Inspired my Stella McCartney's uber trendy must have 'Elyse' flatform oxfords that range from about $1,000 and up.I copped mine for a cool $35 , so I got them in the brown and black here .If you decide to get them, make sure to fill up your cart and use the code LOVING70 to get %70 off your purchase.In the words of Drizzy Drake, thank me later!
Long time no post huh? lol It's been a couple weeks and I was feeling a bit over worked, but I'm ready to get back at it.Beyonce's new athletic wear line with Top Shop, Ivy Park inspired the name for today's post. There is a park near my house in Harrells, NC so how perfect was that?
My whole life I have been pretty body conscious, so I monitored what I ate as far as portion-wise and got in my 4 bottles of water a day. This year I made the decision to give up meat , bread, minimize processed food and develop a more plant-based ,non-GMO diet. I constantly felt sluggish and suffered from problem skin , which prompted my new eating adaptations. To help me jumpstart my new ways of eating, I started with a detox tea. Not only does it help rid the body of toxins and backup waste ,but also helps reduce cravings. Recently my daily meals usually consist of a fresh organic fruit smoothie for breakfast ,light lunch of hummus, avocado and sweet potato chips or a salad with apple cider vinegar as dressing. As soon as I get home around 5:30 I eat dinner.Eating an early dinner gives me a chance to burn off some of the calories I ate and reduce the chance of indigestion brought on by eating too late. Lately I have been in love with sautéed veggie tacos, which is what I usually have for dinner. While it is light and it can be surprisingly filing! It has been only four months and within the 1st month my skin was completely clear and I was no longer having monthly breakouts. I still have my lazy days but overall, I am much more energetic. My eating habits have changed, but I am not a food snob my any means. If I wants sweets or a slice of pizza, I eat it and don't feel guilty, unless the food doesn't agree with me. Unfortunately this happened last week when I forgot to pack my lunch and decided on Crab Rangoon. I don't know if it was because it was fried, or some other reason, but let's just say I learned my lesson. Once you detox your body of junk food, your body may reject it when you try to eat it again. This has happened to me more than once. It's important to listen to your body. Exercise alone won't change much if your diet consists of junk. Believe it or not, I just started working out a few weeks ago. It's not a daily thing or strenuous, however if it wasn't for my change in eating I would have no motivation. I usually don't discuss my weight, but I hopped on the scale the other day and to my surprise I was 110 lbs. haven't weighed that since 5th grade. I'm only 5'2'' so that is a reasonable healthy weight for me and as you can see I am far from skin and bones.
Do everything in moderation and don't compare yourself or body to anyone else's. My personal fitness and body goals are simple. I just want to love what I see in the mirror. I'm not really concerned about looking extra curvy in clothes or being a thicky-thick girl because if you don't keep it tight that coke bottle can turn into a 2 liter real quick! By no means am I body shaming anyone, I just want to stress the importance of loving your body and not obsessing over someone else's. If you can't reach your body and fitness goals through diet and exercise, it's time to reevaluate. You are what you eat so eat well!
Statement Hat-$1 Dollar Tree -iron on decals #DIYD
V-neck-$3.80 Forever 21
Knit Flares -$7.99, on sale Forever 21.com
Plaid Button down -$5 Brooks Brothers Shirt Factory Outlet
Wedge Sneakers-Puma- $55 -can't remember the sneaker website but Saksofffifth.com had them as well
It's a rainy Monday here in NC, but that doesn't stop my style! I kinda like the dreary days because I get extra creative in my style.Continuing with the fall hues, I decided to go with a Chestnut brown and dark Teal.Knits and long line vests are definitely fall style staples , and I will am here for all of it.To jazz up my look, I topped it off with a leather baseball cap with a pom pom ( FYI ..I did that hat my damn self #DIYD).A novelty owl clutch and statement heels sealed the deal of my street style worthy look.No look however can be complete without light jewelry.A herringbone bow necklace, stacked beads, and studs add just a touch of 'zazz.
Pom pom baseball cap (#DIYD)
Long line vest (Romwe.com, $18)
Ripped knit skirt (Romwe.com $9.99)
Heels (JustFab.com, $14..on sale)
Owl Clutch (Asos.com, $12)
Bracelets (jewelry designs by Tim Ellis)
Necklace (Forever 21, $4.80...old)
That's Just Me!
I love fashion, the outdoors, and things on sale.